Nov. 25, 2018
For the past 10 years I’ve been studying my dreams, and the dreams others share, giving careful attention to the idea of transformation by understanding the metaphor of the dream and using it to decipher new solutions to old issues. One of the most prevalent issues which comes up for people is around money.
Money is an interesting metaphor because when it shows up in a dream, it is not actually about dollars & cents at all. Money in dreams is a symbol for bounties (from God?) and an also be about close connections in relationships. So when money shows up in a dream it’s not really about the cash in a bank account. It is about the dreamer’s relationships, with themselves and others.
So if money in a dream is not about money in real life, then how is it that a person can solve financial challenges by studying the metaphors in their dreams? There are ways. Here’s one of the ways.
- Ask your Self, at a time when you are awake and considering making some financial choices, “How much money is in my bank account right now?”
- When you get the answer to your question, whether there is $3.22 or $3022.00 or even $30, 220.00 – just notice the sensation you have when you think about how much money is there.
- If you have a fear of poverty, or if there is a pattern operating in your mind or in your life which leads you to fear poverty, you can feel this negative sensation arise when you think about the exact dollar amount you are looking at.
- If you can, try to notice the fear and then think about what is an image which describes this sensation. Do you feel like you are falling off a cliff? Or being chased by a bear? Or being hunted by a gunman? About to be eaten by a snake? Just notice what image best describes the fear when you think about the actual dollars in your account.
- Let’s say when you imagine the fear then you get an image of … being in a busy mall and everyone is ignoring you and buying things and you feel as though you need things but have no money and it isn’t appropriate to ask others for help. That could be an image. When you feel like you need things, like food or gas or money for rent, but the money isn’t there, but you don’t want to ask anyone, then what is the emotion which comes up? Is it despair? Frustration? Hopelessness? Abandoned? If you can pinpoint the emotion you are one step closer to unraveling the pattern and increasing your wealth in life.
- Once you understand where you fear is coming from, and the emotions attached – such as embarrassment, or shame, or anger or rage then try thinking of the next metaphor which goes even deeper into your fear. When you want to ask for help but feel blocked by fear to get it, what image comes to mind? Let’s say, it’s something like being far down a hole in the ground, and others are standing nearby and you are reaching out your hand to be pulled up but people are looking at you but won’t offer a hand or a ladder. You want to hold that image in your mind and then use it for Step Number 7 to climb yourself out of the metaphoric hole.
- Now what you can do is work with the image to change the scenario in your mind. If you can think of a way to get yourself out of the metaphoric hole without the help of others, that’s even better. Why not imagine you look down and notice a ladder on the ground by your feet? What if you change the metaphor in your mind, use the ladder, attach it to the wall, maybe it’s one of those rope ladders, and climb your way up. Imagine the great sensation of taking steps to move upwards, imagine the strength you use to uplift yourself and get above ground.
- Since the metaphor in this example was about climbing a ladder, then you can think of the solution to your financial challenges as being a step-by-step approach. With that in mind, now consider your real life financial challenges. You know where the challenge is – a limited or finite amount of money in the bank – and you know the solution involves moving forward, or upwards step by step. Ask yourself, “What step can I take today, even if it is a small one, which will help uplift me towards the financial goal I want to achieve?
- When you think of that step then stay with that idea for a while, allow the Determination to achieve that goal to grow within you. When you feel a lot of Determination and readiness to take the step, then get up from your meditation/visualization and take the step.
- Once you take the step, you can continue taking more. Keep moving forward until you reach another obstacle and then just start back at exercise #1 and repeat the cycle until you achieve the goal. Of course, then you can set a new goal, and move forward with steps #1 through #10 until you are just cycling through this new flow. As you do this more and more you will create a new pattern of prosperity leaving the old fears behind and welcoming in new opportunities, including financial achievements and new relationships.
Nelson Mandala is known to have said that poverty is a man-made problem and that means it can be eliminated with man-made solutions. This solution offered here is one of many which can really help change things for individuals, families and communities.